Event Name



Event Location

St. John the Evangelist 21 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA


Start Date and Time:

Saturday February 16th 10AM


End Date and Time

Saturday February 16th 1PM


Event Description

Firefighters hold a special place in the hearts of the members of St. John the Evangelist Church parish. In 1899, the church fell victim to fire and four members of the Philadelphia Fire Department gave their lives working to save it. On the night of February 16, 1899, fire broke out and burned through the night, destroying many buildings in the area of 13th and Market Streets. St. John the Evangelist Church was spared, but the rectory was heavily damaged. The fire re-ignited early on the morning of February 17 and destroyed much of the church, with the exception of the Blessed Virgin statue, which remained untouched. While fighting the fire Hugh Duffy, William Chance and George Steinle, all members of Engine 32, were killed when a wall fell and crushed them to death. Two weeks later, James Shea, from Chemical Engine Co. No. 1, succombed to injuries suffered at the fire.

Please join us on at 10 AM for the twelfth annual Firefighters’ Memorial Mass at St. John’s. During this Mass, we remember the 4 firefighters who were killed fighting the fire that nearly destroyed St. John’s in 1899. Please take this opportunity to demonstrate your gratitude and support of firefighters who work to keep us safe every day. Immediately following the Mass, please stay for the reception in the parish center.